Renogy Phoenix 100 Mini Power Station Review
- High density 21700 Lithium battery cells
- DC and AC charging options
- Heat dissipating design
- Overcharge, short circuit, and surge protection
The Phoenix 100 Mini power station by Renogy is around 6 inches and it elegantly bridges the gap between basic power banks and battery stations. It has a 100Wh storage which can be extracted as DC or AC, thus making it possible to power a wide array of devices such as laptops, Bluetooth speakers, and more. If you are looking for something portable, capable, and versatile, this product is a great choice.
Besides the versatility, the power station also comes with appreciable build-quality and well-thought design, such as the use of air vents. This Renogy Phoenix 100 Mini Power Station review talks more about these features. If this is not something that suits your needs, here’s a set of similar products we reviewed.
Whether it is an A-type USB, a C-type USB, or a mini laptop that demands AC output like a wall unit, this battery station caters to all kinds of needs. It can churn out enough power to charge up to 100W devices at a time. You can even connect multiple devices at the same time. The traditional USB port comes with 5V, 2.4A rating. The C-type port offers 5V, 3A power that can charge most devices in a fast manner. The AC port is a standard 110V/60Hz compatible and should easily be able to power mini laptops and other medium-sized gadgets.
Despite of its plastic build, the Phoenix 100 Mini is solidly built. The AC port comes with a flap that opens, protecting the insides from dust and occasional splashes. That being said, it is not a fully water-proof unit. On the operational side, it comes with overcharge protection, saving the battery when you forget to turn the charging off. The short circuit and surge protection also add to its durability. 27Ah in such a compact size is destined to heat frequently, but the clever use of air vents makes it less vulnerable to the heat.
Ease Of Use
At around 700g and with a shape that can be easily held in any adult hand, the unit is completely portable and easy to carry around. As far as its use is concerned, it has all the ports on the top end and cables can be connected in a matter of seconds. The AC port has an openable plastic lid, and any device up to 100 watts (with a North American plug) effortlessly fits into it.
This battery station comes with all the essential features of any power bank, but it also adds some novel ones to make it a fairly unique product. On the forefront of these is the possibility of using both DC and AC outputs. The in-built inverter is used for the same, plus the overcharging and surge current protection make it stand out from typical power banks. However, a proper IPX7 rating would have been a great feature to have.
Renogy goes with its signature black and blue color scheme with this power station. It has a square cross section and a grip to make holding it easy. The placement of ports and the air vent are on the end. There are tiny stoppers on the bottom end to hold the unit upright in place while providing space for ventilation. A blue strip runs around the box, and it displays the state of charge with a few lights on it. Overall, the design is subtle, attractive, and practical.
What We Like
Renogy’s Phoenix 100 Mini is a tiny power station that goes a step further from average power banks while staying equally compact and portable. The large capacity and AC output make it a unique and attractive product. The safety features are equally noteworthy and the design is just perfect. Almost 100Wh is a decent amount of energy and should last for a respectable duration, depending on what you charge from it. All-in-all, if you want a versatile battery station but don’t want to carry heavy boxes, this is something worth your time and money.
- High power density 21700 cells
- DC and AC output
- Overcharge, short circuit and surge current safe
- No water-resistance rating
- Higher cost